SIGNAL Blogs

October 8, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

SOUTH 2008 carried a strong message during its first day of public sessions--everyone here has a drug problem. In fact, all of the Americas has a drug problem. Countering that problem is a matter of national and international importance and security, especially because the drug trade has finance links to terrorism. Speeches and presentations mainly focused on cocaine and its growth and effects. Lt. Gen. Glenn F. Spears, USAF, deputy commander, U.S.

October 8, 2008
By Katie Packard

Lockheed Martin Corporation and the State of Qatar have signed a $393.6 million contract for the purchase of four C-130J Super Hercules airlifters plus training and spares. The package includes four aircraft, training of aircrew and maintenance technicians, spares, ground support and test equipment, and a team of technical specialists who will be based in Qatar during an initial support period.

October 8, 2008
By Katie Packard

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a contract under the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command Rapid Response program to provide support services at multiple locations in Southwest Asia. The Support Services at U.S. Air Forces Central Installations task order is valued at almost $37 million over one base year and one option year.

October 8, 2008
By Katie Packard

Rockwell Collins is modifying a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract with the U.S. Air Force for $26.2 million. The contract action will develop and demonstrate an affordable communications capability to interconnect five nodes types: weapons, tactical unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), dismounted ground forces, manned aircraft and strategic UAVs.

October 8, 2008
By Katie Packard

The Boeing Company and the U.S. Air Force are modifying a firm-fixed-price contract not to exceed $523.4 million.

October 8, 2008
By Katie Packard

EF Johnson Technologies Incorporated's 3e Technologies subsidiary has been awarded a $48 million contract from the U.S. Navy. This indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity, cost-plus-fixed-price contract calls for the company to design, test and implement a Navy-wide virtual perimeter monitoring system in support of the Navy's Commander, Naval Installations Command and the Transportation Security Administration.

October 8, 2008
By Katie Packard

Raytheon Company is being awarded an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract for a maximum of $679 million for the digital airport surveillance radar system, which is a joint U.S. Defense Department and Federal Aviation Administration activity to replace existing radar facilities at military and civilian airfields located worldwide.

October 6, 2008
By Katie Packard

Tompkins-Turner Grunley/Kinsley, a joint venture, has received a $128 million, firm-fixed-price contract for design/build, command, control, communication, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) center of excellence, Aberdeen Providing Ground, Maryland. U.S. Army Engineer District, Philadelphia, is the contracting activity.

October 6, 2008
By Katie Packard

ICx Technologies Incorporated has been awarded a $20.7 million, cost-plus-fixed-fee-price contract for systems engineering, analysis and integration of the Joint Nuclear Biological Chemical Reconnaissance System Increment 2. U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command Acquisition Center, Aberdeen, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

October 6, 2008
By Katie Packard

The U.S. Army has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a contract for Phase 1 of the Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS) program. IBCS will provide air and missile defense warfighters the advantage of full situational understanding and the tools needed to effectively carry out their mission. The 11-month contract is valued at $15 million.

October 6, 2008
By Katie Packard

Alion Science and Technology has won a $38 million, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract to provide personal computer-based, integrated anti-submarine warfare training systems for the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division in Orlando, Florida. Alion will support the continued development of Mission Rehearsal Tactical Team Trainer technologies for the SH-60B and SH-60F Navy helicopters.

October 6, 2008
By Katie Packard

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been awarded two task orders by the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command to provide modeling and simulation support to the Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center - Systems Simulation and Development Directorate (SSDD). Their combined ceiling value is $160 million if all options are exercised.

October 2, 2008
By Katie Packard

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center to provide technical support for the operational Defense Support Program spacecraft, primary infrared sensor and mission analysis. The cost-plus-award-fee contract is valued at $206 million if all options are exercised.

October 6, 2008
By Katie Packard

BBN Technologies has awarded subcontract awards totaling $12 million for 29 academic/industrial research teams to build, integrate and begin to operate the first prototypes of the GENI suite of network research infrastructure. GENI prototyping is sponsored by the National Science Foundation to support experimental research in network science and engineering.

October 6, 2008
By Katie Packard

DynCorp International LLC is being awarded a $44.3 million contract to provide support services for Philippines operations support in the Republic of the Philippines for the Joint Special Operations Task Force - Philippines. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Pacific, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, is the contracting activity.

October 6, 2008
By Katie Packard

Namtek Corporation, a small business, is being awarded a $9 million contract to provide installation of protected distribution systems; Secret Internet Protocol Routed Network/Non-secure Internet Protocol Routed Network support services; annual training and certification of personnel; annual certification and accreditation of classified enclaves; local area network security camera support; and local area network nuclear, biological and chemical sensor connectivity suppor

October 3, 2008
By H. Mosher

The October issue of SIGNAL magazine is now available. You can read available web articles by visiting SIGNAL Online's Table of Contents

Direct Hit Quotes for October:

"What we don't want to do is give commanders history lessons."-Col. Chuck Mehle II, USA, commander, Joint Transformation Command for Intelligence, JFCOM, in "Laboratory Integrates Intelligence."

October 3, 2008
By Katie Packard

Alenia North America Incorporated is being awarded a firm-fixed-price contract not to exceed $287 million. This requirement is for the acquisition of 18 refurbished G222 aircraft to support the Afghan National Army Air Corps. The procurement also includes an initial inlay of spare parts and ground support equipment to support the fleet; technical manuals in English and Dari; two Very Important People modules; technical publications support; engineering studies; mission support kits; and contractor logistics support services.

October 3, 2008
By Katie Packard

The U.S. Army has exercised $152 million in contract options for 12 additional systems from Lockheed Martin in order to accelerate the fielding of the new Enhanced AN/TPQ-36 Counterfire Target Acquisition radar. The EQ-36 radars will detect, classify, track and determine the location of enemy indirect fire such as mortars, artillery and rockets in either 90-degree or 360-degree modes.

October 3, 2008
By Katie Packard

Northrop Grumman Corporation has received a firm-fixed-price, 31-month contract from the U.S. Navy for additional improved capability III airborne electronic attack systems for its fleet of EA-6B Prowlers. The contract has a potential value of more than $125 million.

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